The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has closed an investigation of a Florida scholarship program, finding no civil rights violations, The Miami Herald reported. The investigation was based on complaints that the use of SAT and ACT scores for parts of the scholarship program had a negative impact on black and Latino students' ability to win the full scholarships. The Education Department found that the use of test scores does diminish the chances of black and Latino students, but this is not illegal, according to the department.
Bob Schaeffer, public education director of FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing, which filed the complaint against the Florida scholarships, issued this statement: "It is not surprising that the U.S. Department of Education, a national leader in promoting misuse and overuse of standardized exam results to assess students, teachers and schools, would decline to take action against Florida’s test-score based scholarships despite its own finding of the program’s 'statistically significant' negative impact on African Americans and Hispanics. We are pleased, however, that USDOE recognized that some students who score low on the SAT and ACT will do well in college."